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Today's News

  • NM struggles with winter blast

    Much of New Mexico continued Tuesday to deal with the aftermath of a severe winter blast as more schools closed and the southern part of the state saw closed highways and weather related car pileups.

    Motorists sought emergency shelter overnight as state officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — after blowing snow caused near-zero visibility. It was open Tuesday morning but traffic was moving slowly because of ice on the road.

  • Air flow, air quality related

    People wander among natural joys – sun, food, shelter, canyons, the night sky, ripples of ideas, tidal flats, sand dunes, the Internet and getting your way some of the time. Keeping your own list is part of the fun.
    A jewel that gets overlooked is the variety of weather. The richer detail is not “weather,” but “variety.”
    Everyone likes sun. Everyone wants rain. Snow has fans and critics. Nature’s variability is the pot of gold.

  • LANL storm water permit meeting cancelled

    The public meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to review the individual permit for storm water initiated by Los Alamos National Laboratory has been cancelled due to icy road conditions, snow, and extreme temperatures that have gripped the area for the past few days.

    The meeting, which was set to take place at Cities of Gold Conference Center, will be rescheduled for a later date, according to lab officials.

  • Hard-fought rules add jobs to NM’s oilfields

    People dearly want a lasting supply of clean air and water. The answer is pollution control.
    As more people make and use more stuff, pollution sources grow to need more controls. The controls add jobs in the pollution controls industry. The bonus is more of the clean air and water people want.
    In mid-October, a black headline glared from the Albuquerque Journal. It read “Jackpot in the Oil Patch, State Rules Helped Politically Connected Players.”
    The front-page report hit on the eternal thought that campaign money might sway things. If it might, new money that sways toward the middle is a step forward.

  • Luck needs luck to win Heisman in 2011

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford’s Andrew Luck is returning to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, just not as the favorite.
    That distinction belongs to Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
    The two star quarterbacks will join fellow finalists Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball at the Heisman presentation Saturday night in Manhattan.
    Luck is the only repeat finalist this season, while Griffin is the first Baylor player to get an invite to the ceremony. The school that never has had a player finish better than fourth in the Heisman voting now seems to have the front-runner.

  • Ski Report 12-06-11

    Angel Fire
    30-inch base of powder. 6 inches of new snow reported. Scheduled opening is Dec. 15.

    Enchanted Forest
    20-inch base of packed powder. 100 percent of trails open.

    Pajarito
    24-inch base. 13-14 inches of new snow. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    24-inch base of powder and machine-groomed snow. Will reopen Friday.

    Sandia Peak

    16-inch base. Scheduled opening is Dec. 17.

    Sipapu

    17-21 inch base of powder, packed powder and machine-groomed snow. Will reopen Friday.

    Ski Apache

    31-inch base of powder. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

  • LA-Belen hoops contest is on for tonight

    Despite the weather, Los Alamos’ Hilltopper boys basketball team and the Belen Eagles will face off tonight in Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tip-off for tonight’s varsity game is at 7 p.m. The game was confirmed by Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms this morning.
    Los Alamos (1-3) hasn’t played in nearly a week. In its last outing, Los Alamos was humbled by a short-handed St. Michael’s team, falling 54-29 in Santa Fe.
    The Hilltoppers started off the 2011-12 season strong, downing Kirtland Central Nov. 22 but have dropped three straight since.

  • Neal earns honors for the Orediggers

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer star Kelsey Neal put together a big 2011 season at the Colorado School of Mines.
    Neal, who graduated in 2010, was one of two CSM Orediggers named to the Division II All-American team. Neal was picked as a third team All-American by the D-II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
    Neal, a sophomore for the Orediggers, is the first defender in program history to be named to the All-America team.
    This season, the Orediggers shut out four of their last five opponents on their way to a berth in the Division-II women’s soccer Elite Eight, while allowing just nine total shots on goal during that stretch.

  • VIDEO: Biologists Monitor Crocodiles at Nuclear Plant

    Once endangered, the American crocodile species is now thriving at a South Florida nuclear power plant, which has 168 miles of manmade cooling canals that offer ideal nesting conditions for the species. AP's Suzette Laboy has the story.

  • LAPS, LANL on delayed starts for Tuesday

    As the winter storm departs leaving behind bone-chilling temperatures, both the schools and lab will be on a delayed start for Tuesday.

    The school district Tuesday, December 6 - Los Alamos Public Schools will be on a 2 hour delay. LAHS classes begin at 10:00 a.m. No a.m. Preschool.

    Simlarly, LANL will be on a delayed start with a staggered schedule - Los Alamos residents with children or other dependent care report at 10 a.m., carpoolers report at 10 a.m., remainder of workforce reports at 10.45 a.m.